Registrar’s update

By - , Build 160

Welcome to LBP knowledge, which has been a permanent fixture in Build magazine for a year now!

IN THIS ISSUE , we’ve included an article to enhance your regulatory knowledge about district planning requirements and avoiding discharging construction waste into the stormwater drainage network.

Our other article is about the Building Act 2004 Schedule 1 – exempt building work. This is the first of a series of three articles that will feature in LBP knowledge over the next few publications.

In part one, we deal with some of the fundamentals of Schedule 1 and then drill down on four specific exemptions – detached dwellings not exceeding 10 m2, retaining walls, fences and hoardings, and decks, platforms, bridges and boardwalks.

We get many and varied queries about Schedule 1 and a significant number of complaints going to the Building Practitioners Board include building work completed under Schedule 1.

In a recent Board decision, the licence of Northland-based LBP Grant Tromp was cancelled for three breaches of the Building Act 2004. This was for undertaking work beyond his competency and failing to secure a building consent when one was required.

In other news, we recently licensed the 20,000th LBP carpenter, which represents a significant milestone for the scheme. Carpenters currently account for 66% of the 30,500 licences issued.

Thanks for reading – until the next LBP knowledge update.

Paul Hobbs
Registrar Building Practitioner Licensing

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